St. Thomas Becket - Defender of the Church Against Encroaching Government

December 29, 2012

  On December 29, the Catholic Church remembers St. Thomas Becket, the other Thomas who was martyred for the Catholic Faith in England by a king named Henry over matters of Church governance. Thomas was born in London on the 21st of December in either 1117 or 1118 to Gilbert Becket and Matilda Roheise. His parents were buried in Old St. Paul's Cathedral. [...]

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Christmastide Prayers

December 28, 2012
Flight into Egypt

Christmastide -- also known as the 12 Days of Christmas, or Yuletide -- runs from Vespers on Christmas Eve to the Epiphany of Our Lord. Each day is a great Feast Day, so here’s a collection of daily prayers to help you celebrate and enjoy the Christmas Season. The Nativity of the Lord (Dec 25): [...]

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Celebrating Christmas in the Eastern Catholic Church

December 28, 2012
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O Christ, our Defender, taking the form of man, You have bestowed upon him the joy of becoming Godlike (St. John Damascene) Eastern-Rite Catholics (non Latin-Rite) have beautiful and ancient traditions for celebrating Christmas, which is commonly called the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord. The time before Christmas is known as the pre-Nativity [...]

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Hobby Lobby and the Feast of the Holy Innocents

December 28, 2012

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Innocents today, it is interesting to see that one of the biggest stories of the day is that Hobby Lobby has refused to comply with the law requiring health insurance coverage to pay for abortions. This comes a day after the "Catholic"  Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor [...]

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The Magnificat Year of Faith Companion - A Tiber River Review

December 22, 2012

I have long been a fan of Magnificat's books. Their simple companions to praying the rosary or to the liturgical seasons of Lent or Advent have served as guides to helping me focus on prayer and meditation. Their more complex books such as The Beauty of the Word or the series praying with the gospels help me to steadily [...]

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Yes, You Can Still Get it By Christmas

December 20, 2012

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Behind the Counter #16 - Pearce and Longenecker

December 20, 2012
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Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 59:46 — 54.7MB) This week I interviewed Joseph Pearce about his new book, Bilbo's Journey, and Fr. Dwight Longenecker about Catholicism Pure and Simple.  

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Newtown's Herd of Elephants

December 17, 2012

As we try and absorb the horror of what happened in Connecticut last week, there is the predictable chorus of voices calling for stricter gun laws or the outright banning of guns. These voices live in the illogical bubble of belief that: Criminals follow the law (unless the law is wrong - see below) Evil [...]

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December 17, 2012

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Behind the Counter # 15 - The Complete Thinker with Dale Ahlquist

December 12, 2012
The Complete Thinker

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 57:52 — 53.0MB) On today's show I interview Dale Ahlquist, Chesterton expert and author of the new book, The Complete Thinker (also available as an e-book). Today is December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which is in a way really too bad for St. Romaric whose [...]

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